Nordic interiors prefer plain walls and smooth finishes. Rich natural textures usually appear only in accessories, like blankets, rugs or cushions, but japanese embrace a patina finishes, interiors full of plastered walls, paper lampshades, reclaimed wood and of course handmade ceramics. The japanese use of textures focuses a lot on basic rough materials, opposed to smaller cozy accents in nordic interiors.
The japanese equivalent to nordic ‘hygge’ philosophy, which embrace simple, cozy atmospheres, ability to enjoy little things in life and presence to this moment, is ‘wabi-sabi’ – acceptance of transience and imperfections as a beauty to admire, not a flaw. As such, japanese minimalists love materials that will patina over time: oxidized copper, aged wood, textiles… North and east are also in perfect sync when it comes to sustainability since both prefer green-oriented designs and select natural materials, such as ceramics, cotton, silk, wood or jute, along with authentic patterns with strong references to nature. The decorative elements have been reduced to a bare minimum, in japandi homes, attractive modern design statement pieces are alternated with gentle tributes to more traditional oriental culture, with sophisticated prints and precious patterns inspired by the ancient homes of samurais or maiko apprentice geisha’s.